Now, more than ever, church leaders are tuning into the challenges that their poeple are facing in these tough economic times. Unfortunately, a survey recently published by LifeWay of 3500 pastors uncovers a disconnect between the pulpit and the pew. For information on a strategy developed to address this problem or to read the entire article go to Baptist Press.
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Survey: Pastors preach stewardship but unaware of church members' debt
Posted on Jan 7, 2009 | by Mark Kelly
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--While nearly two-thirds of Southern Baptist pastors have preached on stewardship in the past year, a new study shows that some of those pastors may have a disconnect with the financial struggles of America's families.
The survey of 3,500 Southern Baptist senior pastors was conducted by LifeWay Research on behalf of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention between November 2007 and February 2008. The study revealed that 65 percent of pastors had preached on financial stewardship during the previous year but only 25 percent said their church members have "a significant amount of personal debt."
That stands in stark contrast to national statistics about the debt load American families are carrying, said Scott McConnell, associate director of LifeWay Research.
"In 2006, household debt in
"The average American is struggling with oppressive debt; they are spending $1.26 for every dollar earned," said Bob Rodgers, vice president for Cooperative Program and stewardship with the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Posted by Christopher Willard, director of Leadership Network's Generous Churches Leadership Community.